Sunrisers Hyderabad v Brisbane Heat, CLT20, Ahmedabad September 28, 2013

Sunrisers need luck, then victory

The Preview by Alagappan Muthu
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Match facts

September 30, 2013
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Big Picture

Sunrisers Hyderabad will be a nervous lot before they take on Brisbane Heat in Ahmedabad, not because of the Big Bash champions' menace, which is almost non-existent. Their concerns will revolve around the first game in Monday's double-header: if Titans beat Trinidad & Tobago, Sunrisers' semi-final hopes will end. Heat are already familiar with that after their loss against Chennai Super Kings.

Adding to that are Sunrisers' troubles during the middle overs. Though Shikhar Dhawan and Parthiv Patel have formed an effective union at the top of the order - they are the only opening pair to share two fifty-partnerships in the tournament proper, in addition to a century stand in the qualifiers - there's been little impact from the other local batting talent available. Heat's bowling, which has been their better discipline by far, would do well to exhibit patience against the Sunrisers openers and direct their short-pitched bowling at the middle order.

Should T&T beat Titans, Sunrisers would need a big win against Heat, and for T&T to lose their final game, to leapfrog them on net run-rate. As such Dhawan's captaincy, which has lacked in flexibility, comes into sharp focus. The only surprise he has put forth is how little he has used his spinners. Karn Sharma, who was an impressive find during the last IPL, has bowled only 6.2 overs in six matches. He has also persisted with Thisara Perera's medium pace, without much reason to.

Heat have endured spectacular batting malfunctions in the competition. They lost four wickets in three overs against T&T, three in three overs twice - against Titans and were 66 for 6 in the 13th over against Super Kings, when they handed a debut to Dom Michael, who was playing 2nd XI cricket until a month ago. He bagged a two-ball duck.

Players to watch

Amit Mishra has been utilised quite sparingly by his captain, not once completing his full quota in the main stage. But against a batting-line up packed with right-handers, which also floundered against spin in their last outing, Mishra might have a much bigger role to play. After all, R Ashwin's lone wicket against Heat came off an orthodox legspinner.

Brisbane Heat have been wanting a captain's innings for quite a while now but James Hopes hasn't delivered. He has lasted beyond the fourth over in only one game, when his strike-rate was below 85. He would hope to make an improvement in those statistics when he leads his team out to for their final match of the tournament.

Quotes

"Everyone's trying as hard as they can and hitting as many balls as they can but we haven't been able to do the same in the middle and score some runs"
Brisbane Heat spinner Nathan Hauritz cannot put a finger on why his side has been so woeful with the bat

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  • Nampally on September 30, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    Dame Luck only acted once in favour of SRH. In cruel fate of bad luck, SRH are eliminated from the last 4 due to rain saving BH from a thrashing. BH was the only team which lost all its games. But in the deciding game where SRH may have sealed a berth to the qualifying round, rain decided the issue. Even before the match started I thought it will be a long shot for SRH to qualify. But I least expected Rain to decide their fate, especially after T & T won their match. As a Fan of SRH I feel sad for the team. Next year, SRH will be a different team. All the good players from Hyderabad had moved to Mumbai for their IPL games. Will SRH get those guys back- e.g., Ojha, Rayudu, Satish. Local players' contribution was poor in 2013. Formula for a championship team is to have strong local + Indian test players in the XI so that 4 Foreign players are not relied upon heavily. I hope the SRH team management keep that in mind during the team composition for IPL 2014.

  • dummy4fb on September 30, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    Why did they move the matches back to Ahmedabad when it already rained out 2 matches earlier in the tournament? Ridiculous..

  • teju4cricinfo on September 30, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    Finally rain has stopped!! Ground staff are working hard to clear off the water in the outfield and the big NEWS is T&T has won the match!! So, it is now SRH to perform well and win this match with a BIG margin! Hope, they have luck this time and hope, CSK will help them in their match against T&T. Please drop Duminy & replace with White because we need to good score with a better strike rate; Duminy plays well but his strike rate is very poor and not enough to get a better margin.. Whatever, death should be bowled by Steyn & Ishanth. All The Best SRH!

  • dummy4fb on September 30, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    its unfortunate the ipl has control over this tournament. this is a really really nice concept allowing club teams from nations to compete against each other. however, the amount of ipl teams allowed direct entry, and then having one SL team, one pak team etc having to play a qualifier is a disgrace. apart from that perth scorchers and brisbane heat are pretty good teams, yet the ipl has a monopoly on this tournament, where players will be in violation of contract should they play for their real home teams. it makes the two australian teams the whipping boys when their native austrailians cannot play for their home team. it also makes for a not very competitive tournament.

  • VVSR92 on September 30, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    The rain forecast closes out srh chances to get thorugh

  • dummy4fb on September 30, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    perera should be dropped to make way for white simple reason they have got quite a few bowlers they need a bat in the top and white is a powerhouse

  • goindiago2012 on September 30, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    I thought the name was Karan Sharma, that's what it said in IPL, and previously in Cricinfo, has he changed his name to 'Karn' or was it just a mistake? I'm quite confused.

  • espncricinfomobile on September 30, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    SRH has played wondrefully through out the tournment.. and is well enough to play Semifinal.. ALL THE VERY BEST TO #SRH

  • dummy4fb on September 30, 2013, 2:55 GMT

    Honestly hope SRH qualifies.! Can't wait to see them take revenge on RR :)

  • TheShawshankRedemption on September 30, 2013, 2:46 GMT

    SRH played well against CSK and lost by a small margin. Overall the captaincy of Dhawan lacks clarity in selection of team and bowling changes. Karan Sharma is no great batsman and is only a good leggie but Dhawan hardly used him. He should explain why Perera is used at death bowling is another question esp after hampering by MSD and co. White should have played against Titans. Now its all over for SRH.They lack local talent in batting and that is another issue. Probably if I was Dhawan will use Steyn at death bowling than opening and use Perera (if at you really want him to bowl) or Karan/Amit Sharma to open.